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    News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    Headline new feature is the introduction of the Cortana personal digital assistant.
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    Re: News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    One of the interesting things, is not just that the keyboard got the world record for fastest text entry, but that they did it using an entry level device the Lumia 520, which out performed a Galaxy S4, a phone that costs 4 times as much.
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    Re: News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    One of the interesting things, is not just that the keyboard got the world record for fastest text entry, but that they did it using an entry level device the Lumia 520, which out performed a Galaxy S4, a phone that costs 4 times as much.
    Then again - you're also comparing the add-on Swype keyboard to something built into the OS. Plus whenever I've tried Swype it's not the quickest. But, caveats aside, yes it's an impressive show of confidence in the platform.

    Actually this revision of WP8 looks pretty darned reasonable - to the point where I can perhaps overlook it's drawbacks. But why, oh why, do Nokia do a fancy flagship handset (the Lumia 930) and then hobble it by denying it the storage expansion that they allow on the "lesser" models like the 630/635?

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    Re: News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    Due to the storage expansion options with OneDrive, Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia MixRadio.

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    Re: News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    Quote Originally Posted by 1stRaven View Post
    Due to the storage expansion options with OneDrive, Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia MixRadio.
    Last time I checked Nokia Maps has an offline mode which, unlike the Google one, actually allows you to download the whole of the UK.

    Know what you're saying but saying "use online services" is fine if you can guarantee a fast, non-capped data connection. Unfortunately, poor folks like me that frequently go away from town's and cities have to put up with a 2G connection, and even if we're in 3G range then we've got 500MB or 1GB/month data caps. And that's not to count the impact on your battery of having to hit either cellular or wifi radios running to download all that data.

    On the other hand, uSD cards are small, relatively cheap and according to my phone at least, don't hit the battery that hard.

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    Re: News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    Last time I checked Nokia Maps has an offline mode which, unlike the Google one, actually allows you to download the whole of the UK.

    Know what you're saying but saying "use online services" is fine if you can guarantee a fast, non-capped data connection. Unfortunately, poor folks like me that frequently go away from town's and cities have to put up with a 2G connection, and even if we're in 3G range then we've got 500MB or 1GB/month data caps. And that's not to count the impact on your battery of having to hit either cellular or wifi radios running to download all that data.

    On the other hand, uSD cards are small, relatively cheap and according to my phone at least, don't hit the battery that hard.
    That is all completely true. I also have the maps downloaded as didn't want to rely on the internet connection but at least you have the choice with this OS.

    I have a windows 8 1520 as I like the OS and it works well with how I use the phone and computer. I also got the 1520 as it allowed for additional storage cards but since I started with Nokia Mixradio, I haven't played more that 5 local mp3's and plex means that I dont need to copy my movies over either.

    My last point was that online storage was where most of the manufactures were going with it as it ties people into the company and provides a further breaking point when people want to switch.

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    Re: News - Windows Phone 8.1 detailed at Microsoft's BUILD conference

    Here's a bit of Q&A with Cortana:

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